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Scottish parliamentary election hustings

Watch back as SNP education spokesperson at Westminster Carol Monaghan MP, Scottish Labour's newly appointed education spokesperson Michael Marra, the Scottish Lib Dem's education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP, the Scottish Green's education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP, and the Scottish Conservative's education spokesperson Jamie Greene MSP, speak and answer questions at our online hustings.

Scottish elections 2021: UCU manifesto

UCU has produced a manifesto for the 2021 Scottish parliament elections on 6 May. The document sets out the changes we want to see the next Scottish government make to Scottish higher education. You can find the manifesto here [87kb]. Please use it to contact and share with your local candidates.

The manifesto draws on a longer paper produced by the UCU Scotland's education committee which explores many of the areas in the manifesto in greater depth: The future of Scottish higher education - an alternative vision for universities [314kb].


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UCU Scotland

UCU Scotland has an autonomous executive which operates under the umbrella of national UCU.

The UCU Scotland executive has representatives from every branch in Scotland.

UCU Scotland raises issues by:

  • lobbying the Scottish parliament
  • working with the Scottish government and MSPs.

Covid-19 crisis in Scotland

Keeping our universities safe

'Scottish universities must stop hiding behind unclear government guidance'

Report on the likely impact of the Covid-19 crisis on Scottish higher education: [176kb]

Protecting Scotland's higher education sector - draft letter for UCU members to send to their MSPs

We work with and influence:

  • Universities Scotland
  • the Scottish Funding Council
  • Scottish media
  • NUS Scotland
  • Scottish representative bodies.

Staff support is provided by the Scottish UCU office.

Latest UCU Scotland news

REWATCH: Keeping our universities safe: 18 November 2020

UCU Scotland held a fringe event during the 2020 Scottish Trade Union Congress looking at the subject 'Keeping our universities safe'.

With the large number of Covid-19 cases in Scottish universities at the start of this term; confusion over guidance both for students and online and remote teaching and activities; and the Christmas break coming fast, it's critical that these issues are to the fore and debated and that the union's and students' voices are heard by government.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady was joined by SAGE sub-committee member and Scottish government adviser Professor Steve Reicher, UCU Scotland president Carlo Morelli and NUS Scotland president Matt Crilly to discuss the key issues facing universities now and in the weeks to come.


Last updated: 26 March 2021